First Real Harvest and First Jars Filled
Step 1: PrepRead your recipe, gather and prep the right amount of fruit and sugar. There are great simple jelly recipes on the inside of Sure Jell boxes. These recipes are a great place to start.
|First full basket of goodies. I love shopping in the garden.|
Step 2: Prepare JellyCook you fruit for the time directed. You'll want a much larger pot than you think you need - it can really bubble as it starts to cook. Also, cooking on a medium high is usually a good bet. Be sure to stick close by and stir frequently.
|Rhubarb, sugar and pineapple mixture simmering.|
Gram's Strawberr Rhubarb Jelly5 c. rhubarb - chopped
5 c. sugar
1 small can crushed pineapple
Combine and let sit for an hour.
Cook for 15 min.
Add 1 6 oz. box of strawberry jello
Step 3: Sterilize
|Lids in pot covered with boiling water.|
|Jars lined up waiting to be filled.|
Step 4: Fill andCoverLine your jars up on the counter. Using a wide mouth funnel ladel the hot jelly into the jar. Then run a wet paper towel around the top of the jar to catch any jelly that may have spilled. You don't want anything to interfere with sealing. Place a lid (a jar wand is a great little tool) on each jar, put a ring on each one and tighten it. I hold my hot jars with a towel or the edge of my apron.
|Place lid on jar and tighten ring.|
|Pickled Beets and Turnips and Pickled Radishes|
I also pickled some turnips while I was in the kitchen. They're fantastic. Soccer Boy actually cheered when he saw me making them. Go here for a recipe.